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Lakers and Cavaliers Favored to Meet in 2010 NBA Finals

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The conclusion of the regular season in the NBA took place last night, and the playoff brackets for the 2010 playoffs are set.

Several of the teams in the playoffs clinched spots last week, but have all been jockeying for position in both the Eastern and Western conferences.

The Cleveland Cavaliers took the top-spot in the Eastern conference, and will meet the No.8 seed Chicago Bulls, who needed all 82 games to clinch their playoff spot.

“You know what I love about this team?” said Chicago center Joakim Noah following the Bulls victory over Charlotte cementing their playoff berth. “I feel that even when times were hard, we went on a 10-game losing streak, I feel like we never let down. We always believed in each other. To be in this position right now is a great feeling, and I feel it’s really deserving.”

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The Bulls elation will be short-lived, as their focus now shifts to first round opponent Cleveland, who is led by LeBron James. They tabbed a 61-21 record on the season, and look to get back to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond.

The No.2 seed and No.7 seed match up in the Eastern conference puts defending conference champion Orlando against a team making their first appearance ever in the playoffs, in the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Magic are led by Dwight Howard inside, as he is one of the most dominant forces in the low-post in the NBA.

Atlanta grabbed the No.3 seed in the conference and will face Milwaukee. The Hawks tabbed a 53-29 record on the year compared to the Bucks’ 46-36.

Boston holds the fourth seed in the conference and will meet Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, who will be looking to regain their prominence of several years ago.

On the other side of the league, the L.A Lakers hold the first seed in the Western conference and will meet Oklahoma City in the opening round. Oklahoma City will be making their first playoff appearance. The defending champion Lakers look to Kobe Bryant to lead them to a repeat performance and a fifth NBA title for the MVP.

The Dallas Mavericks went on a nice win-streak down the stretch of the season, before stumbling slightly in the very end. However, their record was good enough to lock up the No.2 seed, where they will face the always dangerous and experienced San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan knows how to win and the team has won championships, and provides fans with a very interesting opening round series.

Phoenix grabs the No.3 seed in the conference and will face Portland in the first round. The Suns are one of the highest scoring teams in the league,but the No.2 through the No.7 seeded teams were very equal, as the Trailblazers won 50 games as a No.6 seed.

The No.4 against No.5 seeds matches Denver up against Utah. Both boasted identical 53-29 records throughout the regular season, with the Jazz owning the tie-breaker and therefore gaining the home-court advantage.

Online Sportsbooks favor the Cavaliers and the Lakers to advance to the NBA Final and win. Odds Courtesy of Bodog.

Atlanta Hawks  28/1
Boston Celtics  12/1
Charlotte Bobcats  175/1
Cleveland Cavaliers  7/4
Dallas Mavericks  12/1
Denver Nuggets  12/1
Los Angeles Lakers  5/2
Miami Heat  90/1
Milwaukee Bucks  150/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 45/1
Orlando Magic 6/1
Phoenix Suns 22/1
Portland Trailblazers   55/1
San Antonio Spurs  22/1
Utah Jazz 22/1

The conclusion of the regular season in the NBA took place last night, and the playoff brackets for the 2010 playoffs are set.

Several of the teams in the playoffs clinched spots last week, but have all been jockeying for position in both the Eastern and Western conferences.

The Cleveland Cavaliers took the top-spot in the Eastern conference, and will meet the No.8 seed Chicago Bulls, who needed all 82 games to clinch their playoff spot.

“You know what I love about this team?” said Chicago center Joakim Noah following the Bulls victory over Charlotte cementing their playoff berth. “I feel that even when times were hard, we went on a 10-game losing streak, I feel like we never let down. We always believed in each other. To be in this position right now is a great feeling, and I feel it’s really deserving.”

The Bulls elation will be short-lived, as their focus now shifts to first round opponent Cleveland, who is led by LeBron James. They tabbed a 61-21 record on the season, and look to get back to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond.

The No.2 seed and No.7 seed match up in the Eastern conference puts defending conference champion Orlando against a team making their first appearance ever in the playoffs, in the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Magic are led by Dwight Howard inside, as he is one of the most dominant forces in the low-post in the NBA.

Atlanta grabbed the No.3 seed in the conference and will face Milwaukee.  The Hawks tabbed a 53-29 record on the year compared to the Bucks’ 46-36.

Boston holds the fourth seed in the conference and will meet Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, who will be looking to regain their prominence of several years ago.

On the other side of the league, the L.A Lakers hold the first seed in the Western conference and will meet Oklahoma City in the opening round.  Oklahoma City will be making their first playoff appearance.  The defending champion Lakers look to Kobe Bryant to lead them to a repeat performance and a fifth NBA title for the MVP.

The Dallas Mavericks went on a nice win-streak down the stretch of the season, before stumbling slightly in the very end.  However, their record was good enough to lock up the No.2 seed, where they will face the always dangerous and experienced San Antonio Spurs.  Tim Duncan knows how to win and the team has won championships, and provides fans with a very interesting opening round series.

Phoenix grabs the No.3 seed in the conference and will face Portland in the first round.  The Suns are one of the highest scoring teams in the league,but the No.2 through the No.7 seeded teams were very equal, as the Trailblazers won 50 games as a No.6 seed.

The No.4 against No.5 seeds matches Denver up against Utah.  Both boasted identical 53-29 records throughout the regular season, with the Jazz owning the tie-breaker and therefore gaining the home-court advantage.

Online Sportsbooks favor the Cavaliers and the Lakers to advance to the NBA Final and win.  Odds Courtesy of Bodog.

Atlanta Hawks  28/1
Boston Celtics  12/1
Charlotte Bobcats  175/1
Cleveland Cavaliers  7/4
Dallas Mavericks  12/1
Denver Nuggets  12/1
Los Angeles Lakers  5/2
Miami Heat  90/1
Milwaukee Bucks  150/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 45/1
Orlando Magic 6/1
Phoenix Suns 22/1
Portland Trailblazers   55/1
San Antonio Spurs  22/1
Utah Jazz 22/1